Botswana College of Distance
and Open learning(BOCODOL)
BY ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN
Thamalakane Life-Long Learning Centre Library is a
growing Library established to support distance
learning programmes offered by the College. Its
operations began in July 2011.
The library aims at building a diverse collection
aimed at addressing information needs of its clients.
The objectives of the Library
To develop a dynamic collection that support
educational, research activities of the college.
Provide high quality, user centred services to distance
learners based on understanding their needs.
Provide integrated access to library collection and
information and creativity applying accepted
Stay abreast and employ technological innovation for
betterment of the service.
Help learners to acquire library skills, critical
thinking, study and information literacy.
Library Opening Hours
Hours of operation are as follows:
Monday – Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
During tutorials 8:00 am – 5pm
During examination 7:30 am – 8pm(Monday to Friday) and
8:00am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Closed at lunch time
The library has a growing collection of over 1300 books and 660
BOCODOL module books. The library started with a collection of
There is a browsing collection of information books and fiction
books and dvds,cds available for checkout.
Books are arranged by Dewey decimal classification. You need the
entire class/call number to locate the book on the shelf.
Non- circulating collection:
Students projects and past exam papers
The following databases can be accessed from the
Commonwealth of Open Learning(COL)
African Digital Library
By virtue of being a BOCODOL student or staff , you
are automatically a member of the library.
However, in order to borrow our materials you
will be required to complete an application form
available at the library(we need a proof of
registration or employment letter).
Staff 6 items - materials circulate for 30 days
Learners 4 items- materials circulate for 30 days
Magazines and past exam papers are housed at the
circulation desk(not for circulating).
Lending service- customers with borrowing
privileges must present acceptable identification at
the circulation desk to check out library materials.
Renewal is allowed only if the material is not
reserved for another person. Renewal can be done
once in the library or through telephone, email .
Patrons must confirm new due date and write it on
the date slips in ink.
Reservations service- items on loan can be
reserved. The client will be informed as soon as
items are returned. Holds are placed for 3 days
Reference service – The library provides patrons
with information to address their information needs.
Internet Access Service/Electronic searches- We
provide access to the internet during the library open
hours . The Library staff conduct online searches for
computer illiterate patrons.
Current Awareness Service – Patrons are provided
with information on current issues that are relevant to
Inter Library Loan- If we do not have an item in our
stock, we may request it from other libraries for our
Information Literacy- The Library offers library
and information skills.
All Library users are encouraged to return library
materials on time. ordinary loan will be charged
50t per material and reserved material is P1.00 per
It is the responsibility of the borrower to take care
of library materials. The user is expected to pay for
lost library material, current replacement value +
25% handling charges. Recovered materials will not
be accepted if the user has already paid.
Computer workstation-13 computers with access to
internet and Microsoft office
35 Study carrels
Study tables(44 users)
Lounge suite (for newspaper reading)
Librarian’s office(reference room)
Rules and Regulations
Observe silence in the library.
Eating, drinking, chewing or smoking is prohibited in the library.
Mute your cell phone while in the library.
No bags are allowed in the library.
Security personnel must check all items coming in and out of the
The library is not responsible for the patron’s personal property.
Please do not bring your children and pets in the library.
Library property should not be vandalized.
Library chairs should not be reserved for any users.
Computers are to be used for research purposes and any viewing
of pornographic material is forbidden.
Reference materials can only viewed inside library(not for
BOCODOL LIBRARY CENTRES
Places hosting BOCODOL Library materials for distance
1. Shakawe Community Library
2. Gumare Village Reading Room
3. Maun Public Library
4. Maun Prison
5. Moremaoto Community Library
6. Rakops Village Reading Room